Robson Arms

Season 1 Episode 10

Educating Alicia

Aired Friday 10:30 PM Jul 15, 2005 on CTV
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Educating Alicia
Alicia just can't seem to get anything right; from her mangled idioms to her less than stellar performance in hairstyling school, her life is just going downhill. When Yuri comes knocking, asking for the two months' back rent she owes, she's at a loss for what to do. Then she meets Hal, and things start to change; she's finally got a friend, and even finds a job to help with the rent problems -- cleaning Carlisle Wainwright's apartment. This turns out to be beneficial for both of them, but Hal is disgusted by what he sees going on. He tries to take his relationship with Alicia to the next level, but that's just not a place Alicia is willing to go.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The music used in this episode was:
        Add It Up (1982);
        Mercury Is Clearly Opposing Neptune (2002) by Paper Moon.

      • John Cassini wanted to bring something to the character that was unusual. A few days before production an idea was floated that he was a closet cobbler. The call went out to the props people and set decorators to see what they could come up with as far as shoe making equipment went. As usual they did not disappoint. Yuri's apartment was dressed with shoe making gear. You can see it in the background of scenes looking into his apartment from episode 1 on but it's here in episode 10 that the viewer gets the first closest look at what Yuri had been up to all this time. By episode 12 you see that he is nearly done building these special shoes and by episode 13 he's wearing them. Just a tiny insight into how an element can get worked into a show and is then tracked through a series.

      • Zak Santiago is a modern day renaissance man: he is a Golden Gloves-winning boxer, a popular night club deejay in Vancouver, a classically-trained musician, a professional flamenco dancer and host of MuchMusic's Breakout.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Alicia: Oh, listen to me, I'm blabbering like a brook!

      • (Alicia pulls Hal into a dark corner)
        Hal: Are you okay?
        Alicia: The Super's been totally on my case, I'm scared to be alone in my apartment at night.
        Hal: Well, um, maybe, uh... maybe you could stay at our place.
        Alicia: Oh, no, I couldn't.
        Hal: Or, uh... maybe I could stay at yours.

      • Alicia: This is Bushy-Bush. Bushy-Bush, this is Hal... hi Hal! (Hal laughs uncomfortably) I call him that because I found him behind a bush and 'cause he's bushy. (she puts the hamster in his cage) He really loves that wheel. He coud go 'round and 'round all day.
        Hal: Yeah, you know 'cause it's his brain is the size of a dust mote.
        Alicia: I prefer to think of it as his internal optimism. No matter how bad things get, he just keeps on chugging.
        Hal: Mm-hmm.
        Alicia: Kind of like me. We could practically be related, except for I don't eat my own pooh.

      • Alicia: Have you seen my Bushy-Bush?
        Geoff: No... I prefer to keep it that way.

      • Alicia: No one's seen [Bushy-Bush], and I can't be late for work or for school.
        Hal: Oh, well, I... I don't have any classes today. Maybe I could keep up the search for you.
        Alicia: You are a truly extinguished human being!

      • Alicia: My dad always says, 'what's wrong with being a cog in a machine?' ...whatever a coggina is.

      • Alicia: My hamster ran away. He doesn't love me any more.
        Carlisle: My wife ran away, for the same reason, I expect.

      • (Alicia has just described her favourite movie)
        Alicia: There's a book too, but I'm not a big reader... Oh, no respect intended.
        Carlisle: None taken.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The episode title, Educating Alicia is a reference to the 1983 movie Educating Rita, starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. In the movie, Rita tries to better her life and gains self-confidence with the help of an older man played by Caine.